Clubs And Societies

NWSC recognises the value of networking & stakeholder engagement in creating connections and fostering the corporation's objectives. As such, we are members of various local & international clubs as well as patrons of a number of other clubs and societies each targeting different demographics. 

Water Community Sensitization Clubs (WACOSE)

In a bid to register further continual improvement and community participation KW has come up with Water Community Sensitization (WACOSE) programme. WACOSE is expected to transcend   just mere communication to active sensitization of all stakeholders at different levels upwards. The aggressive sensitization WACOSE shall be aiming at increasing participation, empowerment and equality service delivery and coverage with all Kampala stakeholders.

                                                                                                                                         

WACOSE Objectives

  • To comprehensively sensitize the community on NWSC services delivery and receive feedback.
  • To improve coordination of Water &Sewerage services in the branch level.
  • To promote safety and protection of corporation’s installations.

 

Why WACOSE

Kampala Water has realized that awareness in our communities is still not fully addressed. This is coupled with our staffs delay to handle reported cases by Councilors. i.e.  Leakages, bursts, no-water cases, etc.  More so some WACOSE Members and other local leaders participate in illegal water activities. Therefore, this program will facilitate good working relationship with community leaders and bridge the existing gaps.

 

 

Operationalization

 

The engagement in community sensitization by WACOSE members will help us in the following ways: -

NWSC Ambassadors: The councilors act as mouth pieces for NWSC in the communities, i.e. report leakages, illegal cases, sewage overflows, bursts and solicit for feedback on NWSC services from the communities.

 

NWSC in Council Meetings: Through council meetings, councilors are updated about developments and service delivery plans of NWSC in the different respective divisions, town councils and municipalities

School Water & Sanitation Clubs (SWAS)

Billions of people worldwide lack access to clean safe water and sanitation at any given time with the biggest number of said population being children. National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) however acknowledges that Water and Sanitation is an area that is too important to be ignored as it has a direct impact on livelihoods. The corporation therefore went on to launch the School Water & Sanitation (SWAS) Clubs in October, 2014 upon the realization that School children are a vulnerable and yet critical segment of the population.

The SWAS concept is founded on the fact that preservation of hygiene, on a personal basis and within the community, improves the quality of life and has a direct impact on economic growth.

Falling under the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (ensure availability of sustainable management of water and sanitation for all), the SWAS initiative also aims to impart life skills and the mobilization of caregivers, communities, governments and institutions to work together to improve sanitation, as the future of a society depends considerably on the health of its children.

 

Objectives

Having currently registered over 150 schools, the clubs are meant to among other things widen the discussion of water and sanitation as children are often victims of poor sanitation. The initiative was not only to promote hygiene and fuel knowledge of the topic but also to support national and local interventions to establish reasonable, sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation services in schools.

The initiative therefore aims to; Create awareness about water and sanitation in the country through sensitization and empowerment of children and teenagers of school going age, Strengthen stakeholder participation in water and sanitation issues, and Enhance participation, foster dialogue and facilitate the dissemination of information around water and sanitation.

 

Organization and Management

  • The Clubs are organized along the lines of clubs and associations allowed in Ugandan schools.
  • Membership is open to all students.
  • The Clubs are run by the students and their patrons/teachers.
  • They are supervised by the member schools’ head master or mistress assisted by a NWSC staff member in the region where the school is located.
  • The frequency of meetings is, as is the case with other clubs in the school and respects the school time table.
  • The Activities of SWAS Clubs are planned according to School term programs, and before the beginning of the Financial Year

 

Scaling and Expansion

NWSC successfully took the SWAS initiative regional in March 2018, with the official launch held at the Corporation’s International Resource Center (IREC) for Central region, Mbarara for Western & S.Western region and Lira for East & Northern region.

 

The main aim for this was to further the initiative across the country and increase sensitization about water, environment and sanitation.

 

The workshops attracted a host of schools and the number of SWAS members grew exponentially across the country. The school patrons have shown commitment to the initiative and have continued to pledge their support by working to implement the SWAS action plans

 

 

 

Partner Schools

With over 50 Schools joining within the first year, NWSC has over the years registered over 400 partner schools across the country with 100 schools registered in each of our operational regions. The program a warm reception and has received tremendous support from the schools and their administrations. About 98% of the schools enrolled under SWAS clubs participate in the annual events and activities.

 

Regional Competitions

Through the SWAS clubs, NWSC imparts life skills among young people on water and sanitation by engaging them in activities that fall within the following categories:

 

Poetry; Poetry is a vital part of this program as studies have shown over time that poetry helps in language development, creative language skills, self- expression, writing skills and in the development of natural rhythm. During the SWAS program, students are challenged to write and present poetry that centers around that year’s theme.

 

Debates; Debate is the newest addition to the activities within the regional competition. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to improve on critical thinking among students. They help students improve on their reasoning and analysis of concepts, in this case around water and sanitation. This year’s debate topics, posed to the students, will be in line with the theme and we believe that their submissions will present feasible outcomes that can contribute to the work we carry out around water and sanitation.

 

Skits; Performing Arts are a proven way to engage children especially on issues affecting them and their communities. The SWAS Regional Competitions challenge participating schools to develop skits that address the issues under the theme. We are certain that in preparation of these presentations, the students think critically about how they can depict the challenges regarding water and sanitation and how they can be solved at a grass root level.

 

Green campaign; The Green Campaign Competition is another activity in partnership with NWSC and YWPs Strategic Direction and Action Plan. The competition in this case encourages the students under the SWAS program to contribute to the Green Campaign’s key objective of planting One Million Trees. The schools under the SWAS program are scored on how many trees they have planted over the year as contribution to the campaign. 

 

WASH Tech Innovations; The purpose of the WASH TECH Innovation competition is to promote new ideas on water and sanitation technology solutions. The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in Uganda that are members of SWAS clubs. The competitions are conducted in the two categories i.e. SWAS Teens and SWAS Stars.

Students can either participate as groups or individuals and are challenged to create an innovation that addresses a water challenge their communities may be facing at that particular time.  This year’s young innovators will be challenged to look at innovations from the past as they try to create new innovations and technologies to address today’s water and sanitation challenges.

Markedly; Information is not taken at face value, but analyzed and evaluated to take account of its purpose, context, impact and each participant.

 

Note: All elements of the competition are judged by independent adjudicators with years of experience and expertise based on the categories above.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

We have created systems and structures over the past few years to ensure continuity of the project and accountability to our partners. Monitoring and Evaluation plays a key role to ensure the above:

In order to ensure vibrancy and effective performance of the SWAS clubs, NWSC, in liaison with stakeholders outlines the annual theme and task planner for the clubs.

The SWAS Clubs are MANDATED to hold an activity/meet at least once every month.

NWSC conducts annual evaluation to assess progress in operationalizing the SWAS Cubs and propose any necessary adjustments.

Young Water Professionals (YWPs) Uganda Chapter Young Water Professionals –

The YWPs Uganda chapter is a forum that was established to bring together Uganda professionals and students below the age of 35 years with the main aim of pooling competences in order to provide united approaches towards solving the challenges faced by the water sector in the region.

 

The YWPs happen to get fully ?edged support from National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) as the hosting institution, a public utility that is 100% owned by government of Uganda and provides water and sewerage services in urban centers across the country on a commercial

and financially viable basis.

The YWP Uganda Chapter operates under the objectives, to;

-Provide a Forum for YWPS to meet, network, communicate and discuss issues pertaining to management of the Environment, Water and Sanitation (EWATSAN).

 

-Identify interdisciplinary discussions through which Young Water Professionals (YWPs) can discuss and exchange information about EWATSAN.

 

-Provide career development opportunities for YWPs.

 

-Mentoring upcoming professionals with interest in the EWATSAN field.

 

The YWPs brag of quite a number of achievements all over the country, deriving most from the Go-Green Campaign which saw to the planting of over 5000 trees country wide between May and August, 2018. As per now, over 12000 trees are affiliated to the said campaign.

 

In 2017, the team launched and sustained a nation-wide "Hand Wash" Campaign that aimed at promoting sanitation among school going children. That was just the beginning as the young ambassadors have so much more in the pipeline for the water and environment sector.

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